As we had half expected, Newcastle United’s appeal to overturn the red card shown to Sebastien Bassong in Saturday’s home defeat against Fulham, has been rejected.
Sebastien Bassong – could have played last game for Newcastle
Newcastle had nothing to lose of course, so appealed the sending off in a case of wrongful dismissal, after the 22 year-old Frenchman was dismissed by referee Howard Webb for a second-half foul on Diomansy Kamara.
An English A Statement released on Tuesday, which has been put on the Newcastle United web-site, read as follows:
“At a Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal by Newcastle United defender Sebastian Bassong was rejected.”
“Bassong was sent off during Newcastle United’s Premier League match with Fulham on Saturday 16 May for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.”
” Bassong’s two match suspension, due to it being his second dismissal of the season, begins with immediate effect.”
It hardly helped our case, that manager Alan Shearer immediately following the game said the sending off was probably the correct decision.
The very impressive youngster will also miss the first game next season, but at which club that will be, and in which division, is an open question at the moment. We hope it’s at Newcastle, and in the Premier League.
But it could well be that when he walked off the field after 60 minutes on Saturday afternoon, that was his last appearance in the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle United.
If Newcastle are relegated it’s almost odds-on that Arsenal will secure his services, and they will be getting a future great player.
That will be to Newcastle’s loss of course, but when you get relegated you have to pay the piper.